U.S. District Chief Judge Royce Lamberth dismissed part of a lawsuit filed against Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice by a former client, a Catholic broadcasting and educational programming nonprofit, which had accused the firm of making costly errors.
The North American Catholic Educational Programming Foundation sued the firm in June 2009 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging that Womble and one of its former attorneys, Howard Barr, missed critical deadlines in appealing the denial of broadcasting licenses to the foundation in the Las Vegas, Nev., market, and also made errors in handling other licensing matters elsewhere.
In an opinion (PDF) released today, Lamberth wrote that while the firm and its attorney may have violated standards of care filing appeals several days too late in the Las Vegas instance, the foundation failed to show that they would have won their appeal had it been filed on time with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
His dismissed the claims relating to the denial of licenses in the Las Vegas, Nev., market. The foundation still has pending claims relating to alleged mishandling of licenses in markets in five other states.
The foundation and its attorneys from Zuckerman Spaeder did not immediately return a request for comment. Womble and its attorneys from Williams & Connolly also could not immediately be reached.